Ross’s First (and Last) Packers 7 Round Mock v2

Just like last year, this is a best case scenario draft.  While it is unlikely that all of the players that I have selected will be available when they are selected in this mock it is at least possible.  In fact if I have made the pick I’ve at least seen this player available in a different “expert’s” rankings and or mock at the position they’ve been selected.  Finally, I won’t be projecting trades.  Ted Thompson stood pat and drafted in the spot he was slotted with every pick last season and it seemed to work out just fine for him.

1st round (30)- Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

Eric Kenridcks
After missing out on Mosley, Shazier and Borland a year ago, Thompson finds his every down ILB.

Analysis: Some might argue that cornerback, specifically outside cornerback is the top need for the Packers.  Davon House and Tramon Williams have both left the team, which would appear to leave the Packers with Sam Shields, two good slot corners (Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward) and unproven perimeter athletes Tay Glover-Wright and Demetri Goodson.  The thing is, I like the 2nd and 3rd round corners about as much as I like the 1st round corners and I love how Kendricks fits the Packers.  THere isn’t anything Kendricks doesn’t do well and the difference between his cover ability and what the Packers have had at inside linebacker since the switch to the 3-4.  Thompson loves to cultivate talent from the Pac 12.

NFL comp: Kiko Alonso, Eagles

 

2nd round (62)- PJ Williams, CB, Florida St.

PJ Williams
PJ Williams’ off the field issues might push the big cornerback into the late 2nd round.

Analysis: Williams is one of the corners that I feel are in the same class.  All a bunch of guys that I’d trust as an outside starter but that I wouldn’t expect to make a ton of plays.  The reason I feel like Green Bay can wait on corner is because of how many of them I think are about just as good as the other.  Williams was towards the top of those rankings before his DUI arrest.  That arrest should drop the 6’0″ Williams into the second round.  His size, along with his impressive vertical leap (40″) make him an ideal corner to matchup with Calvin Johnson and Alshon Jeffrey in the NFC North.  His plus tackling ability should help improve the run defense too.

NFL comp: Jason McCourty, Titans

3rd round (94)- Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

Ameer Abdullah
Abdullah provides the Packers with a pass catching back and a backup to Eddie Lacy after James Starks (probably) leaves after the 2015 season.

Analysis: The Packers have been able to build a fantastic offensive line just at the same time that they have been able to draft an elite running back.  Eddie Lacy just might end up being the odd man out in the long line of Packers stars that are coming up for contracts after there 2016 NFL season.  Most NFL teams would keep an elite offensive line together and just draft a young, cheap running back.  James Starks is gone after the 2015 season.  The Packers also need help returning kicks and someone running designed routes out of the backfield.  They might also need an Eddie Lacy replacement in not-so-distant future.

NFL comp: Gio Bernard, Bengals

4th round (129)- Nick O’Leary, TE, Florida State

Nick O'Leary
The Florida State tight end reminds me a lot of Dallas Clark. Poor showings in the pre-draft process might push him down the board.

Analysis: Weirdly enough, this is the KUUUUUUUUUHN replacement for the future.  O’Leary brings a lot of versatility and skill to the table, even if he doesn’t appear to be an elite athlete.  Moving forward, O’Leary and Richard Rodgers could team to provide any combination of twin tight ends, tight end/fullback, tight end/big slot that McCarthy, Clements and Rodgers could cook up.  O’Leary can line up all over the field and reminds me quite a bit of Dallas Clark.  He’s a good football player and poor workout numbers will cause him to fall further than he should.

NFL comp: Dallas Clark, Colts

5th round (166)- Ellis McCarthy, NT, UCLA

Ellis McCarthy
McCarthy’s 6’5″ 340 lb. frame would give the Packers size and length on the defensive line that they lack. A great project for coach Trgovac.

Analysis: This guy is a lightning rod.  I’ve seen him mocked in the second round and I’ve seen him mocked in the 7th.  McCarthy is a major conference player that had limited production.  He was a 5 star recruit, but could never get it going.  He possesses an elite combination of size and athleticism, checking in at 6’5″ and 340 pounds.  Hopefully the leadership of coach Trgovac, Julius Peppers and his ex-teammate Datone Jones would be helpful.  If they can get his switch to flip “on”, he’ll be a steal in the 5th round.

NFL comp: Quinton Dial, 49ers

6th round (206)- Jake Ryan, ILB, Michigan

Jake Ryan
Jake Ryan would be a welcome addition to the inside linebacking corps that is very thin and projects as a good special-teamer.

Analysis: The Packers might want to take multiple shots at their inside linebacker position during this year’s draft, very similarly to the way that they attacked the running back position in 2013.  Jake Ryan is by far my favorite late round inside linebacker prospect.  I think he projects immediately as an elite special teamer and an eventual usable player on defense.  His ability to cover is underrated and playing for some bad Michigan defenses might have caused his stock to drop further than it should have.  Adding two guys like Kendricks and Ryan would really go a long way towards making me feel better about the defense, present and future.

NFL comp: Michael Wilhoite, 49ers

 

6th round (210)- Nick Marshall, DB, Auburn

Nick Marshall
Ted Thompson loves projects (like Demetri Goodson). Marshall’s move to DB is well documented and Capers could get him ready for 2016 or 2017.

Analysis: Thompson loves to take flyers late and there’s nothing quite like a former quarterback like Nick Marshall trying to make it as a defensive back as a flyer.  Thompson loves ex-Qbs.  Nick Collins, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are all guys who used to be signal callers that are sure-fire Packers Hall of Famers.  Marshall is going to try and make it at cornerback, but I would like to see a guy who’s 6’1″ 210 with his speed and his intelligence give free safety a shot.  Marshall’s a smart athlete and you can never have too many of those on your football team.

NFL comp: Dontae Johnson, 49ers

6th round (213)- Kyle Emanuel, OLB, North Dakota State

Kyle Emanuel
Kyle Emanuel is a very athletic 4-3 college DE that at 6’3″ 250 makes him fit right in as a 3-4 OLB. A special teamer at first, but his 19 sacks as a senior fit right into Capers scheme.

Kyle Emanuel won the Buck Buchanan award as the FCS’ best defensive player.  He had an incredible 19 sacks and 32.5 tackles for loss as a senior.  His athletic numbers are more than adequate: 6’3″ 250 4.77 40, 34″ vert and 27 bench reps.   The question as always with FCS talent is the competition that he faced.  In 4 career games against FBS opponents (Minnesota, Colorado State, Kansas State, Iowa State) Emanuel started all 4 contests and recorded 5 sacks.  Emanuel played defensive end in college but won’t do that in the pros.  He’s a high effort guy who will immediately improve the special teams and could make an impact rushing the passer.

NFL comp: Rob Ninkovich, Patriots

7th round (247)- Andrew Donnal, OT, Iowa

Andrew Donnal
Thompson always takes an offensive lineman, and Donnal is from Ted Thompson favorite Iowa (Daniels, Bulaga, Hyde). He adds depth.

Analysis: Even the way the offensive line currently sits (very, very good) Thompson still hasn’t gone through a complete draft without selecting at least one defensive lineman and at least one offensive lineman.  He likes going to the University of Iowa to find NFL talent and Andrew Donnal could be the next in that line.  He’s a tall lean tackle that could back up all 4 positions that aren’t center if he adds a little weight.

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Ross Uglem is a writer at PackersTalk.com. You can follow Ross on twitter at RossUglem

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7 thoughts on “Ross’s First (and Last) Packers 7 Round Mock v2

  1. I like it all-in-all. Least favorite pick for me is Ameer Abdullah, who I think would likely be gone at the Packers 3rd pick anyway. I think it’s too early to get a RB this early. Besides Lacy & Starks, Rajion Neal could be a factor. He was impressive last pre-season & has a year on the practice squad to improve even more. My personal choice would be Corey Grant from Auburn. Only 5’9″, but ran a 4.28 40 at his pro day. Sure, not an official combine time, but he has to be blazing fast. Been a long time since the Packers had a burner at RB, and he can return kicks, too. Could likely get him in the 7th round, or one of the round 6 picks since they have 3.

    My favorite pick of yours is one of the 6th rounders, Kyle Emanuel. Performance, size, athletic. Totally worth a shot. Also really like Nick Marshall. Looked pretty good playing CB at the Senior Bowl, when he was basically pretty new to the position. I’d prefer to keep him at CB where I think he can be more valuable.

    One more preference; I’m not as high on Jake Ryan as you are. He’s not very quick & gets tied up by blockers. Great speed & motor, though. Call me nuts, but I’d like to give Jeff Luc a try. Powerful & quick, he might lack instincts, though. The bonus of him is he could be a really punishing fullback if they want to take him in that direction.

  2. IMO this would be a near perfect draft for the Packers. There are a few players I would swap out, but as far as positions go I think it hits all the Packers needs.
    Sure, the Packers could wait later than round 3 to draft a running back, but Abdullah would be a steal at the end of the 3rd.
    Nice job!

  3. I like this mock very much. I wouldn’t pass on Stephon Anthony though if he is available.I also like Mike Hull from linebacker U Penn State. Linebackers and a good corner such as Jalen Collins LSU would be an excellent prospect at CB.

  4. SUOPER BOWL 50 IS IN OUR SIGHTS. THIS DRAFT WILL DECIDE HOW STRONG OUR DEFENSE CAN BE WITH A POSSIBLE STAR ON DEFENSE AND DEPTH WHICH IS IMPORTANT IN OUR DRIVE IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER. GO PACK GO. CAN’T WAI FOR THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

  5. If the Packers draft feel like this I’d be doing backflips, especially if PJ Williams fell to them in the 2nd round and they land Kendricks. McCarthy is an interesting player and so is Marshall. He might be a bust but in the 6th round, that much athletic ability, AND he’s playing the position as a former QB, Joe Whitt could coach him up and I doubt it would take that long. Nice draft, ok back to reality.

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